This book features case studies from teachers, leaders and educational professors on inclusion in schools. Using a conception of inclusion that acknowledges issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion and ability, this book provides readers with a useful blend of theory and practice. Each case is situated in a school setting and offers readers opportunities to learn about the complexities and challenges associated with issues of exclusion and to develop practices that support inclusion.
Exclusion in schools and societies--exceedingly various in its forms and targets--can be particularly difficult to interrupt when routinized and normalized, or as we see increasingly today, when masked by false claims to democracy. As educators and leaders strive toward inclusion in the most robust and complex sense, we need look no further than this collection by Griffiths, Ryan, and colleagues that magnifies the complexities, contingencies, and contradictions of doing so. The refusal to oversimplify that defines the vast array of richly detailed cases only pushes readers further to grapple, question, dialogue, and imagine.
Kevin Kumashiro, author of
This is a compelling text with useful practical guides for educators and field practitioners broadly defined. The international scope of the book makes it highly significant and relevant, pointing the nuances, challenges and possibilities of inclusivity, social justice and equity education in contemporary times. This work clearly offers intellectual openings for critical dialogues, social criticisms and speculative imaginaries of new educational futurity.
George J. Sefa Dei, Profession of Social Justice Education & Director, Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, OISE, University of Toronto